According to the Internet source given below, Sally Beamish Sally Beamish was born in London in 1956 and started writing music quite young. She studied viola and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music under Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley
. She also studied in Germany with the Italian violist Bruno Giuranna. Although primarily a composer, her early career was as a viola player with the Raphael Ensemble.
She was awarded an Arts Council Composer's Bursary in 1989 and moved from London to Scotland, where she and her husband, cellist Robert Irvine founded the Chamber Group of Scotland, with co-director James MacMillan. Since moving to Scotland, she has composed considerably her output, including two symphonies (for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra/LPO respectively), concertos for violin (Anthony Marwood / BBC SSO), viola (Philip Dukes, Proms 1995, London Mozart Players), cello (Robert Cohen/Academy of St Martins) oboe (Douglas Boyd / Premiere Ensemble), and saxophone (John Harle / St Magnus Festival / Swedish Chamber Orchestra). Further works include an opera, concertos for percussion, music for children etc.